Food is a vital component of everyday Vietnamese life. Traditional recipes passed on through generations and family values preserved through time are important features you will still find throughout Vietnam, especially in Hoi An.
Hoi An bears an abundance of local restaurants. The choice for fresh authentic Vietnamese food is unlimited. With food sourced from the local markets, the philosophy of “from garden to table” is definitely present in Hoi An.
Many restaurants also host their own cooking classes, where you can experience a different side of Vietnam. Immerse yourself in a hands-on experience, sharing cooking skills and having fun learning about the local culture, nutrition and traditional methods of preparing Vietnamese food.
Hoi An was definitely a “Foodie Paradise” for me. The delicious flavours of this vibrant cuisine kept me returning for more each and every time. Fresh salads (Bò Tái Chanh), crispy spring rolls (Chả giò), sizzling beef (Bò né) and softly steamed dumplings (banh bao banh vac) were just a few dishes I had the pleasure to sample.
So, if you are ever in Hoi An, make sure you check out…
My top 3 suggestions for where to eat in Hoi An.
Morning Glory II
Morning Glory II is situated directly across the road from the Original Glory. Owner and first restauranteur in Hoi An, the renowned Ms Vy showcases her talent and wealth of business knowledge through her many restaurants in Hoi An. With over 30 years of cooking experience, Ms Vy has grown her enterprise through cookbooks, restaurants, cooking classes and is a global culinary expert.
The name Morning Glory was given to the restaurant by Ms Vy after the resilient water spinach plant called Morning Glory. For her, it represented the Vietnamese people who had it tough and thrived through their difficult circumstances.
Morning Glory II delivers the same menu as the original Morning Glory, except it is served in a smaller and more intimate surrounding. As the original restaurant became extremely busy and booked out every night, Morning Glory II opened its doors. You will still receive a quality dining style with balanced traditional Vietnamese flavors at Morning Glory II.
Though not a restaurant, Reaching Out is a unique Teahouse in Hoi An. This ancient house with soothing decor offers its visitors locally grown tea, refreshing house roasted Vietnamese coffee, and delicious homemade biscuits and snacks.
The silent and tranquil atmosphere is an oasis in the middle of bustling Hoi An. Your refreshments are served by speech and hearing impaired staff who gracefully look after each customer. The whole experience of sitting in silence or whispering is remarkable. Communicating with staff is done through little-worded blocks, on the table beside a small vase of fresh flowers.
Tea, coffee, and snacks can be purchased to take home as well as the beautifully handcrafted pots and tea sets in which they are served in. The nearby arts and craft shop, house a wider variety of quality crafts, homewares, and jewelry, which are all skillfully made at the on-site workshop by talented physically impaired staff.
Reaching Out operates on fair trade principles providing training and employment for people of the community with disabilities.
Reaching Out products and crafts make a wonderful gift and the unique items you purchase support local skilled artisans and staff and offer them an opportunity in life.
Enjoy the Silence
131 Trần Phú, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam, Vietnam
103 Nguyễn Thái Học, Phường Minh An, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
Tucked away among the colorful narrow alleyways of Hoi An, lies the restaurant, Secret Garden. The main attraction of this restaurant is its exclusive outdoor setting. The French colonial inspired garden makes you feel as if you are in another world. A quiet retreat tucked away within luscious greenery getaway, right in the middle of Hoi An.
Delivering live music with an extensive wine list, Secret Garden provides an innovative but traditional Vietnamese menu. With a focus on delivering local homeland food, this restaurant serves the nostalgic dishes of Cơm gà Hội An (Hoi An chicken rice) and phở gà lá chanh (Vietnamese chicken noodle soup).
There are also exciting homestyle cooking classes which include a welcome drink, local market walking tour, all materials, and notes to take home for four recipes. Genuine recipes demonstrated by professional chefs will make your class a memorable experience.
Down the alley next to 60 Le Loi,
Hoi An, Vietnam
+84. 5103 911 112
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When to travel:
February to May as the best time to visit. Hoi An is relatively mild and experiences hot, dry weather from May to late August with more rainfall from September to January, with the wettest months being October and November. Vietnam has a tropical climate.
How to get there:
Hoi An is 45 min (29.3 km) via Lạc Long Quân from Da Nang airport.
Language: Vietnamese. English is spoken and understood in most tourist destinations and attractions.
Electricity: 220 Volts AC
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
Palm Gardens Hoi An
Address: Lạc Long Quân, Hội An, Quang Nam Province 560000, Vietnam